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Volleyball Volunteers for the Texas Senior Games 2019

I had another great day volunteering at the Texas Senior Games. My job on the second day was a bit more involved. I was the scorekeeper/bookkeeper for court 1. There were games back to back non-stop and I was paired with Pam the kind Trinity grad who I had met the day before and she was changing the visual flag board, while I updated her on the score. It was a bit tricky the first game to get the hang of things because the referee had a certain way she wanted me to tally points and since things move so fast in volleyball you have to pay constant attention to who is serving and what team gets what point. However, after the first game I got the hang of recording the scores and paying close attention to the game.

I really enjoyed being able to play a critical role in helping keep score, but also getting to watch the men play volleyball at the same time. I encountered the same friendliness from the participants as the day before, most of the guys were 50-70 years old and very nice and funny. Many had been playing volleyball since college and they were very appreciative to all the volunteers who were there to help out. I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering at the two Texas Senior Games and I want to continue volunteering at more of their events in the future because I got recommendations from others in terms of sports that are incredible to see the skill that seventy-year old's can maintain. Next, I think I will try to volunteer at Track and Field and Basketball and I hope I encounter some of the kind people I met this weekend.

Gave 4.50 hours on 03/30/2019 with Sport Management Minor
Softball (70+) Volunteers for the Texas Senior Games

I volunteered at the Softball Texas Senior Games. I had somehow never heard of the Texas Senior Games before stumbling upon these volunteering event opportunities posted on GivePulse. It was really awesome to see so many seventy-year-old men who were still competitively playing on sports teams and staying not only physically fit, but engaged with the world of sports. Everyone there was extremely friendly and I talked to some of the guys who were playing and they told me how they had been "playing ball since college" and I thought it was really awesome to see how they had found new teams and new friends through continuing to incorporate sport into their lives. The three other women I volunteered with were also very friendly. One was a woman who graduated from Trinity in '78 and we had a great conversation about her experience being in ROTC when it existed, and how much she loved her time there and all the people she met. Her name was Pam and she was very interested to hear about my time at Trinity and how things had changed, but also what I loved about the University and how many of the things I think makes Trinity incredible aligned with her opinions.

In regards to actual volunteering experiences, there were only four teams and three volunteers along with two staff members. I stayed an extra hour and a half because the games were delayed over an hour since the teams were only playing on one softball field because they wouldn't rent out the other fields since there were only four teams total. There weren't many tasks to do except for help give teams fruit, occasionally chase balls that were hit out of the field in a home run, and sell t-shirts. The good part about not being too busy was that it did allow me to engage with the participants and the other two volunteers and the two women who worked for Texas Senior Games, which I really enjoyed. I got to watch the games and see how the level of competition really varied based on the teams. There was one team that was incredible and I was amazed that everyone on the team was seventy years or older because of their speed and strength. Overall, I had a good experience and look forward to my next event with Texas Senior Games.

Gave 5.00 hours on 03/29/2019 with Sport Management Minor
Sport Management Minor

I volunteered with San Antonio Sports and worked the Expo/Race Pickup for the Rock and Roll Marathon and other races. I was giving T-shirts and bags to racegoers with fellow San Antonio Sports volunteers. The past two years I have volunteered during the actual race so it was nice to do something different and see how things worked before the race. Everyone was very kind and it was fun to see how excited everyone was to run and the big community that forms around sports and running specifically. There were certain people who had told me about how they had worked up to the half marathon or the 5K and it was cool that even though I was only giving out t-shirts I got to help better their experience.

Gave 4.00 hours on 11/30/2018 with San Antonio Sports, Trinity University
Trinity University

Volunteering at Sunshine Cottage was a very rewarding experience for me. I not only got to learn about the way that children with dyslexia and cochlear implants function in school and the challenges they face but how they succeed in school and do well in some classes and accelerate their confidence. It was a very eye-opening experience that taught me the basics of how children learn differently and this affected my ability towards patience in helping children.

Gave 15.00 hours between 02/12/2018 and 04/16/2018 with Understanding Learners With
Understanding Learners With

I really enjoyed tutoring at Sunshine Cottage. It is only an hour every Tuesday, Thursday, however some days I can see how much I have helped Letty and it is rewarding and makes me feel good to know I am making a difference for her.

Gave 6.00 hours between 02/12/2018 and 03/07/2018 with Community Service Experience (3000) - Section 1, Trinity University
San Antonio Sports

I volunteered at the Rock and Roll kids Rock marathon. This was really fun because I got to help Mandy and Sara organize all of the iplay kids, organize and lead the bus drivers when they were dropping off all of the schools and then make sure the coaches knew where to go. After the race, I got to help with the hard process of making sure all the coaches got their full team and each student before they left. It was so fun to see how happy and excited all of the kids were. I also feel like I made a big impact in the organization and safety side of things.

Gave 5.00 hours on 12/02/2017 with Community Service Experience (3000) - Section 1, Trinity University
Community Service Experience (3000) - Section 1

I got to volunteer and interview participants for the archery competition. There were a lot of participants who had traveled from far places to be at the Valor games. For my internship with San Antonio Sports, my boss Carolyn wanted me to talk to a few of the participants of the games and write a story. I ended up talking to two women who really had an impact on me. While on a break from the archery games I talked to a woman who was from Colorado and had been coming to the Valor games for five years. It was a humbling experience and for my second year at the Valor Games I was very happy I got to volunteer at it.

Gave 4.00 hours on 09/27/2017 with Trinity University
Community Service Experience (3000) - Section 1

Rock and Roll Marathon. I volunteered at the Rock and Roll marathon, which was quite a long and cold day. It was pouring rain the whole time so it was very cold and also very obvious that a lot of volunteers had decided not to show up. This also lead to a bit of trouble with organization, which seems to be something San Antonio struggles with for this event specifically. I found the volunteer tent and first helped with the chorals of people and held a number for a certain race start group. Once they had all started, we cleaned up the start and then I moved to the finish line where I spent the remainder of my time handing out bananas and other food. While it was a tough day, I really enjoyed how appreciative all the runners were and they kept thanking me for being out in the cold to help them which made it more rewarding.

Gave 6.00 hours on 12/04/2016 with Trinity University
Community Service Experience (3000) - Section 1

I was a team member on Dr. Robert Irwin's Economic Impact Analysis Data Collection Team. Our job was to hand out surveys during the Alamo Bowl game for Notre Dame vs. Army. We were handed a stack of surveys and split up at first into pairs and then by ourselves and went around the large tailgate outside the Alamodome and asked game-goers to fill out the two-page survey in its entirety and they would be entered to win an Amazon gift card for $250. The whole process involved lots of engagement with all of the fans and I had to be very persuasive with many people to get them to fill out of the survey. I learned a lot about physical data collection and how influential it can be to get people to fill out survey's when you are standing there watching them do it. It was also very interesting to see how many loyal Army and Notre Dame fans had traveled from all over to San Antonio to attend to the game and what they thought of the city.

This is one of my favorite sport volunteering experiences I have had yet. While it was a very long day and the work was challenging because it took a lot of engagement with the community, I often had to be very persuasive to get people to fill out the survey and still was turned down frequently, but I thought it was a great experience. To be in the field and see how data is collected by handing things out physically and getting just 20 students to help, Dr. Irwin was very grateful and explained how much of a difference it would make in a few years to see what changes needed to be made for the city to do a better job, for the Alamodome to do a better job, etc.

Gave 6.00 hours on 11/12/2016 with Trinity University
Community Service Experience (3000) - Section 1

I really enjoyed volunteering at the iplay soccer event. I met Suzy who works for San Antonio Sports and actually was a Gamma. It was also very enlightening to see how everyone at the tournament was so happy to be there. The students and kids were all so excited to play soccer, the coaches couldn't wait to see their players and the parents and families all came out to support their children. I could see how all the volunteers were really needed and made a difference.

Gave 6.00 hours on 11/05/2016 with Trinity University